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Pirate Tales

This article comes from our archives. It appeared first in the June 1998 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally. We know very little about the working lives of black or white Bermudians in the 17th and 18th Centuries, but this extract from WILLIAM S. ZUILL's book The Pirate Menace, shows what strange things could happen to a peaceful sailor and a warlike pirate. It was a difficult existence among pirates, for disagreements among crew…

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How Bermuda’s Hills, Dales, Reefs and Byways Got Their Names

The legacy of a running feud between Bermuda’s government and some of its voters is preserved in Southampton’s Piecrust Place, a small cul-de-sac near St. Anne’s Church where the issue of what’s in a name once sparked an amusing rebellion.…

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The Blackburn Plot: A Tale of Death and Deception in the Yellow Fever Era

This short story was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the December 1933 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally.  Marion Ainsworth had been disgraced, and discharged without notice by Vincent Candee, managing…

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LISTEN: World War II Story: Under Cover in France, 1943 – 1944

(Editorial Note: When John Hartley Watlington came home in 1944, it seemed as if he had returned from the dead, for he had been completely lost to his family for just under a year. He was extremely reserved concerning his…

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LISTEN: Cassie White World War I Memoir

On July 14th the Chief Nurse of Base Hospital 31 notified me that I was to go on detailed service. I had a half hour to get ready for the Ambulance that was to take 8 of us nurses, including…

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Bermuda During the Second World War

In September 1939, Dr. William (Bill) Cooke was just 11½ years old, living in a BELCO owned house on Cemetery Road. Years later he would write in his memoir that he saw “several policemen ride up to the BELCO Front…